As President of the Citrus Springs Civic Association (CSCA), I am thrilled to be able to welcome you to the Citrus Springs Villager, inaugural edition and the new Home page on the Citrus Springs web-site. Here you will find all the news of what is going on in our community, upcoming events, features on some of the many organizations and businesses who serve our citizens, county issues that impact us, and so much more. I invite you to let me know if you have ideas for articles, would like to contribute your own content or have information on a local organization you would like to share.
The CSCA has always been a part of the Citrus Springs Community; within the last few years, it has been given a make-over. Things have changed, and I ask you to give the CSCA a second look. You might be surprised at how hard we are working to make this a better, closer-knit community, to protect and enhance the quality of life we enjoy here and in so doing to increase the value of all our homes. Over the next several issues I will explain in some detail what the CSCA is, what it has accomplished so far and our plans for continuing to improve our community.
One important point of communication found in the Citrus Springs Villager is the calendar of events just for Citrus Springs. Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating our hometown by attending some of these events. Many are free and all are affordable. You’ll get out, have a wonderful time and support your community as well.
Our most recent event was our Red, White and Blue 4th of July dinner held on July 3rd at the Citrus Springs Community Center. The meal was delicious with baked ziti and meatballs, salad, bread, ice cream and strawberry shortcake for dessert. An entertaining and informative rendition of the founding document formerly declaring our right to independence from Great Britain was enjoyed by all as was the awarding of multiple door prizes and the 50-50 raffle.
For today I want to give you a brief overview of the history of the CSCA and some of the things your civic association has been doing for the community over the last couple of years.
The Citrus Springs subdivision with over 33,000 lots, approximately 420 miles of roadways, beautifully laid out on more than 15,000 acres by the Mackle brothers was approved in the late 1960’s. The 50th anniversary of this community is coming up soon and will be celebrated in March of 2020. The Mackle family turned the project over to the Deltona Corporation early in its development. Then the subdivision was approved as a Planned Unit Development with residential lots, commercial lots, church parcels, parks, schools, and everything that a self-contained community would need. Deltona marketed the residential lots to people all over the world. Currently, there are approximately 4,500 homes in Citrus Springs with an estimated 9,000 residents and more than 25,000 vacant residential lots. There are approximately 400 commercial parcels with most located on both sides of North Citrus Springs Blvd., and others along Deltona Blvd. There are a number of duplex and multi-family lots located east of Deltona Blvd. Initially there were two excellent 18-hole golf courses until the unfortunate closing of the El Diablo course.
The CSCA was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Florida Secretary of State on January 13, 1976. A Constitution and Bylaws were adopted to govern the operation of the Association and, as amended by the members from time to time over the years, they remain today as the framework for the governance of the CSCA.
On November 8, 1995, the Deltona Corporation assigned the legal authority to enforce the Deed Restrictions applicable to all of the residential lots in the subdivision to the CSCA. Deed restrictions will be covered in an upcoming edition of the Citrus Springs Villager.
The CSCA has played an important role in fostering a sense of camaraderie and community pride in Citrus Springs helping to make this a place we can be proud to call our hometown. The level of interest, citizen involvement and commitment has varied from time to time, but the current Board of Directors has made a commitment to reinvigorating the CSCA and reawakening the sense of pride in and of belonging to this community. Over the last two years, the Association has undertaken a multitude of projects, activities and events with the goal of uniting our community, protecting our investments and giving our community a voice within the local governmental organizations.
These activities include among others:
- The Future of Citrus Springs Committee Report, delivered on Dec. 2015, discussing issues important to the community including fire and police services, the county’s failure to provide proper road repaving, firearms use in built up residential areas, the Citrus Springs M.S.B.U. (Municipal Services Benefit Unit), County taxation vs services received, Association fund raising options and possible incorporation of Citrus Springs as a City.
- 2016 Membership Drive which doubled our association membership.
- Fundraising activities including our very successful and growing Bingo the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, and events such as the community indoor yard sales, craft fairs, casino trips and others.
- Creation of community events such as: dinners, festivals, parades, and year round activities. See the schedules of events elsewhere in this edition of the Villager.
- We have regularly spoken out to the Board of County Commissioners on issues of particular concern to Citrus Springs. For example, we successfully defeated a proposal for a discriminatory and excessive tax proposed to be assessed against Citrus Springs property owners for road repairs. At the same time we have established an excellent working relationship with the County Parks and Recreation Department allowing us extensive access to and no cost use of the Community Center for our meetings and events.
- Communication to our residents. We are creating a new website and an upgraded phone system that will forward all incoming messages to the intended recipient’s email which we believe will eliminate the frustrating problem we have had of inadequate and constantly full voicemail boxes, plus it saves us hundreds of dollars per year.
The Citrus Springs Civic Association is served by nine volunteer member Board of Directors who are elected by members of the CSCA and by a small group of dedicated volunteers all of whom give of their time, skills and varied expertise for the sole purpose of benefiting our community. We ask for your support, check out our website as it rolls out, come to one of our meetings and some of our events, have a cup of coffee or an iced tea with us, get to know your neighbors, meet some old friends and make some new ones. If you agree that what we are doing is worthwhile and good for the community consider joining the Civic Association, it’s only $15 per year for the whole household. If you can contribute a few hours of your time occasionally to benefit your friends and neighbors we could sure use your help.